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Washington Insider: In a Pitchfork feature, former Black Eyes member Daniel Martin-McCormick (aka Ital) says, “The only time I’ve ever like felt like an insider was in Washington, D.C. I was born there, and I didn’t even realize I was an insider until I left.”

No Doubt: POTUS’ 2012 campaign playlist is confusing. Arcade Fire. Florence and the Machine. Wilco. Someone please forward me the names of the aides responsible.

Coming Soon: The LeDroit Park Civic Association reminds us of the Howard Theatre’s progress.

Today on Arts Desk: This year’s Oscar-nominated shorts, reviewed.